Al-Dali ‘ – Yemen
The American Center for Justice (ACJ) deplores the killing of 15-year-old Yemeni child Abdul-Aziz Al-Dharhani, after being lured and recruited by Houthi militia, which has been waging a war on several fronts in Yemen against the legitimate government since September 2014.
The American Center for Justice got information from close relatives of the child Al-Dharhani’s family confirming his killing ten days after his disappearance, while the Houthis denied their knowledge of his whereabouts.
All this made his family to publish an ad with his image paying a financial reward to those who will provide information about him thinking that he was kidnapped.
Al-Dharhani father was surprised when some Houthi leadership present condolences for the death of his child, as they published the child image as a martyr calling him Abu Ali ( Nickname ).
The information obtained by (ACJ) said that the child, who belongs to the Juban district in Al-Dali ‘governorate.
The child was polarized during Qat sitting which Houthis were organizing in the mosque, he was seen last when leaving the family home while three Houthi gunmen was waiting for him.
ACJ states that the story of the child Abdulaziz Al-Dharhani is a model of thousands of child victims recruited by Houthis pushing them into battles that they do not survive due to their young age, lack of experience, and weak physical strength.
ACJ calls on Houthi group and all armed groups to stop children recruitment as we call on the international community to play its role in protecting children in countries where wars are devastating and children are exposed to recruitment and targeting, especially in Yemen and Syria.